Minister of state in PMO V. Narayanasamy tabled the Public Interest Disclosure and Protection to Persons Making the Disclosures Bill, 2010 (popularly known as whistle blowers' protection bill) on Tuesday, along with the much-awaited Lokpal Bill.
The whistleblowers protection bill seeks to protect whistleblowers against corruption and punish anyone who discloses the identity of whistleblowers. The Lok Sabha is likely to take up discussion on the bill in its subsequent sittings.
The legislation proposes to establish a mechanism to receive complaints relating to disclosure on any allegation of corruption or wilful misuse of power or wilful misuse of discretion against any public servant. The measure also seeks to provide adequate safeguards against victimisation of the person making such a complaint. The important anti-corruption legislation also seeks to provide punishment for false or frivolous complaints. It provides for punishment for revealing the identity, either negligently or with malafide intention, of the person who reports matters regarding corruption by a public servant.
The bill was earlier introduced in the Lok Sabha in August, 2010. In its report, the Parliamentary panel had recommended that a foolproof mechanism be envisaged to ensure that the identity of the complainant is not compromised with.
The Member of Parliament Local Area Development Division is entrusted with the responsibility of implementation of Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS). Under the scheme, each MP has the choice to suggest to the District Collector for, works to the tune of Rs.2 Crores per annum to be taken up in his/her constituency.